Columbia State, University of North Alabama announce partnership

Columbia State President Janet F. Smith, UNA President Kenneth D. Kitts sign articulation agreement

Columbia State Community College and the University of North Alabama have announced a partnership that will benefit associate degree students wanting to continue their educations and earn a bachelor’s degree in humanities.

The partnership allows Columbia State students with an associate degree in graphic design, art (studio), theatre arts or music to transfer seamlessly to UNA to pursue a bachelor’s degree in painting, ceramics, photography, digital media, sculpture, theatre arts (acting, design/tech or general theatre) or music (instrumental, vocal or piano). Eligible students must complete entrance requirements outlined by the UNA School of the Arts departments and programs.

“It is a great thing when we can build relationships with a university that provides opportunities for our students to continue to grow when they continue from us,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Our students and our communities benefit from partnerships like these because they are our future leaders.” 

The UNA School of the Arts provides a valuable arts education to students as they work to reach their personal goals. The school encourages a diverse, collaborative environment fostering inclusion and is committed to promoting a greater artistic community.

“We look forward to welcoming Columbia State students to our campus and we can’t wait to see where this goes,” said Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, UNA president. 

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The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.